Parndana have come out on top at MacGilivray on Saturday, in a high scoring but rain shortened match.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, a different looking Parndana top order set about the task at hand. Two maidens first up to Snowball and Wheaton put the pressure on and not long after Snowball went through Ethan Trethewey before he’d gotten off the mark. This brought two players together, in Gaskin and Grindley, who had not often had a chance up the order this season. Grindley was a touch lucky early, but was showing his intent, with four boundaries and one six in his first six scoring shots. The visitors had made their way to 1/35 when play was abandoned for the first time in the afternoon, firstly due to lightening but was then extended when the rain came along.
Play resumed approximately an hour later, with Gaskin and Grindley both aware that 45 overs would not be able to be bowled in the allotted time. They set about scoring at a quicker rate, with Grindley especially hitting the ball well and reaching his first 50 on Kangaroo Island. Gaskin was almost at the milestone himself, but was cruelly cut one run short as rain again forced players from the field after the 20th over. The second shower lasted a further half an hour, leaving only 40 minutes left in the first inning.
With a licence, Grindley and Gaskin went back out to face the final half hour. Gaskin brought up his 50 then Grindley holed out in the deep for 66 from only 48 deliveries. Gaskin fell in a similar vein, looking to push for runs, at 58, which brought Zac Trethewey and Havelberg to the crease. Trethewey was his usual enterprising self, scoring 24 from 22 but it was the hitting of Havelberg that really saw the runs flowing, who made 31 from only 17 until he was run out in the penultimate over. A couple of swings from the Parndana captain in the final over that could best be described as “agricultural” helped the visitors to pass 200, finishing on 5/210 from 31 overs.
The Hawks began much in the same vein as the visitors. Grindley and Cooper bowled well first up, with Cooper beginning his spell with two maidens. This pressure saw Turner make a mistake, hitting a return catch to Cooper from a slower delivery. Berry, at the other end, was seeing the ball well, working his way into the innings. He was well assisted by Snowball (23) until he too hit a return catch back at Cooper in the 12th over. This brought Berry and Ian Bolto together. The pair looked dangerous, but bringing the left armer Smith (3/42) on saw Berry strangled down leg side for 56. Johnson (2/64) bowled well in the middle overs, but Bolto could sense that time was running out.
Colin Bolto was run out then Keith Bolto fell to Johnson. Smith got one through Wheaton to hit the middle pole and soon after Wilson smashed a Johnson full toss straight to Cooper. But as wickets fell around him, Ian Bolto kept his side in the game. An innings consisting of five 4s and three 6s ended on 70, from only 49 deliveries, simply in the quest for more runs. With his side needing 50 to win from the final three overs, he hit a long ball from Smith that was caught at deep long on by Zac Trethewey.
Not giving up the chase, some late hitting from Slade (18*) at number 9 gave MacGilivray a glimmer of hope, but the final two wickets fell as run outs as the required rate jumped up to over 20 an over. In the final wash up, MacGilivray were bowled out with one ball remaining in the day, 25 runs shy of the visitors. - Right Arm Very Ordinary